Unholy Gale in Church of England
There’s a bit of a blow up in the Church of England. It seems the bishop of Exter decided to install wind turbines to meet the CoE carbon footprint goals. Oh sure there was that bit about it being a profit center but we all know that was a MINOR consideration in the face of carbon footprint shrinking and all that. In any event all this was done WITHOUTconsulting the mere pewsitters, especially those pewsitters, whose homes will be directly impacted by these 75 foot giants. While the tussle is on-going, it seems the bishop has taken a page out of the GLBTQI agenda book which requires they take immediate offense when caught overstepping.
It was at this point, claims the Bishop of Exeter, Michael Langrish, that things got nasty, and, in a letter read out in North Devon churches last month, he made his feelings known. “I have been grieved by the way some of those most opposed to our proposals have resorted to abusive and bullying tactics,” he said, with the same defensive tone as that used by TV presenter Fearne Cotton when she responded to critics of her Diamond Jubilee performance.
“I and many of my colleagues have received very unpleasant letters,” continued the bishop. “And those who have attended public meetings, in a genuine effort to explain the thinking behind our proposals, have been shouted down, and called liars.
“It grieves me, too, that in many ways the scale of aggression and hostility generated from a small amount of people was so far out of step with what we proposed.”
His observations have not gone down well. They could have been served up with a big dollop of mea culpa regarding lack of consultation, plus a promise to drop the turbine scheme forthwith, but the bishop’s remarks left villagers feeling he had taken his message not from the Book of Lamentations, but from the Gospel of Sour Grapes.
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